Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships and grants are gift aid, meaning you do not have to repay them or earn the funds by working.

Boston University merit, need-based, and endowed scholarships are all made possible by generous gifts from alumni and friends of BU, and by budget allocations authorized by the Trustees of Boston University. The generosity of enthusiastic donors and the University’s commitment to excellence and affordability stand behind the vitality of our scholarship programs.

While both merit and need-based scholarships recognize the highest-achieving applicants, the former are awarded entirely on the basis of merit, the latter on financial need as well as merit. Private scholarships are also available from other sources.

Federal and state grants are government-funded awards that do not have to be repaid. Eligibility requirements are established by the government. Most require that you file the FAFSA.

Remember that you can receive more than one type of financial aid. An award package may include a combination of scholarships, grants, and other types of assistance, such as loans and work-study.